Thursday, July 10, 2014

20 million gain health insurance under Obamacare // New England Journal of Medicine

Health Care Coverage under the Affordable Care Act — A Progress Report — NEJM:
David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., and Sara R. Collins, Ph.D.
July 2, 2014DOI: 10.1056/NEJMhpr1405667
"Taking all existing coverage expansions together, we estimate that 20 million Americans have gained coverage as of May 1 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We do not know yet exactly how many of these people were previously uninsured, but it seems certain that many were. Recent national surveys seem to confirm this presumption.
The CBO projects that the law will decrease the number of uninsured people by 12 million this year and by 26 million by 2017. Early polling data from Gallup, RAND, and the Urban Institute indicate that the number of uninsured people may have already declined by 5 million to 9 million and that the proportion of U.S. adults lacking insurance has fallen from 18% in the third quarter of 2013 to 13.4% in May 2014."

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